Revive Old, Smelly Wooden Spoons

Revive Old, Smelly Wooden Spoons

Over time, wooden spoons absorb the various foods they come in contact with and start smelling funky. Luckily, it is possible to de-stink them and extend their lifespan.

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Chow suggests several options to revive your old spoons. Before trying anything else, boil the spoon in a pot of water, and then set it outside in the sun for a few hours. Failing that, a deep scrubbing with dish soap or or a bath in vinegar solution might do the trick.

If the smell still won’t go away, you could put the spoon in a bag with activated charcoal, scrub it with a lemon, sandpaper off the top layer of wood, or even kill the bacteria with bleach. Clearly, there’s no shortage of ways to give an old spoon new life. I probably wouldn’t spend half a day trying each method before replacing it, but it’s worth exhausting a few options before you throw it away for good.

Be sure to check out the source link, where Chow commenters have several other suggestions for reviving your cookware.

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